Statistically Speaking

Chocolate has a long history. In the fourth century the Mayan civilization worshiped the cocoa plant, while the Aztecs later used cocoa beans as currency and valued it as an aphrodisiac. Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover cocoa beans in 1502, but it wasn’t until 26 years later that Hernán Cortés first brought cocoa beans to Spain from the New World. Here are some other interesting facts about chocolate:

6: milligrams of caffeine in one ounce of milk chocolate

92%: percentage of Americans who prefer milk over dark chocolate

40%: percentage of the world’s almonds used by chocolate manufacturers

20,000,000: Hershey’s kisses produced daily

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